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BANKRUPTCY FRAUD CASE

TWO ATTORNEYS FOUND GUILTY OF BANKRUPTCY FRAUD AND MONEY ...

U.S. Department of Justice United States Attorney Eastern District of Wisconsin 517 East Wisconsin Avenue 414 / 297-1700 Milwaukee, WI 53202 

November 8, 2005 NEWS SUMMARY: Two Attorneys Found Guilty of Bankruptcy Fraud and Money Laundering United States Attorney Steven M. Biskupic announced today that Ronald A. Arthur (DOB: 8/19/52) and his wife Mary K. Arthur [a/k/a Kathleen M. Arthur] DOB: 11/11/52) have been convicted of conspiracy, bankruptcy fraud and money laundering involving the concealment of hundreds of thousands of dollars. United States v. Ronald and Kathleen Arthur, Case No. 04-CR-122. The case was tried before the Honorable Lynn Adelman, district judge for the Eastern District of Wisconsin, over a two week period. The Court returned the guilty verdict yesterday, November 7, 2005, in a 48 page written opinion. Ronald Arthur was convicted on 23 of 26 felony counts, and Kathleen Arthur was convicted on 9 of 11 felony counts. Sentencing has been scheduled for February 16, 2006. The evidence revealed that Ronald and Kathleen Arthur, both attorneys, conspired to conceal assets, including bank accounts in the names of shell corporations, from the Chapter 7 bankruptcy trustee. In furtherance of the conspiracy, Ronald Arthur made false statements while testifying during bankruptcy proceedings, and failed to disclose that he was earning substantial income as a lawyer/real estate consultant. The Court further found that Kathleen Arthur filed a false claim in the bankruptcy proceedings, and filed legal papers designed to conceal her husband’s source of income from the bankruptcy trustee. Additionally, Ronald and Kathleen Arthur engaged in money laundering to conceal Ronald’s assets and income from the bankruptcy trustee. With the concealed assets, the Arthurs paid the mortgage on their Lake Geneva golf community residence, purchased a personal water craft, took vacations in Europe, and paid other personal expenses. Ronald Arthur graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s law school in l982 and was in private practice in Milwaukee, and later a real estate investor/consultant. Kathleen Arthur graduated from the University of Wisconsin’s law school in 1978 and was the Dodge County District Attorney for approximately 4 years in the early 1980s. She subsequently practiced law with her husband and, more recently, was a nursing home administrator. In addition to imprisonment, fines and restitution, the United States has requested forfeiture of certain of the Arthurs’ assets, including their Lake Geneva residence. The statutory maximum penalties for the offenses of conviction are 20 years in prison, a $500,000 fine, and 3 years of supervised release. The case was investigated by the Internal Revenue Service, Criminal Investigation Division, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The case was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Gordon P. Giampietro and Gail J. Hoffman. For more information contact: Assistant United States Attorney Gordon P. Giampietro Assistant United States Attorney Gail J. Hoffman Public Affairs Liaison Francia Wendelborn 414-297-1700  

Report Suspected Bankruptcy Fraud in Michigan
To report suspected bankruptcy fraud, please prepare a written summary that contains the following information:

 

REQUESTED INFORMATION

 

  • Name and address of the person or business you are reporting.
  • The name of the bankruptcy case, case number, and the location of where the case was filed.
  • Any identifying information you may have regarding the individual or the business.
  • A brief description of the alleged fraud, including how you became aware of the fraud and when the fraud took place. Please include all supporting documentation.
  • Identify the type of asset that was concealed and its estimated dollar value, or the amount of any unreported income, undervalued asset, or other omitted asset or claim.
  • Your name, address, telephone number, and email address. You are not required to identify yourself, though it is often helpful to do so if questions arise.

THE LIKELIHOOD OF FURTHER INVESTIGATION AND POSSIBLE CRIMINAL PROSECUTION IS INCREASED FOR THOSE MATTERS WHERE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION AND SPECIFIC FACTUAL INFORMATION ARE PROVIDED. ANY INFORMATION YOU PROVIDE IS VOLUNTARY AND ITS MAINTENANCE BY THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE PROGRAM IS AUTHORIZED BY 28 U.S.C. 586.


You can send this information via email to: USTP.Bankruptcy.Fraud@usdoj.gov

or by mail to:

Executive Office for U.S. Trustees
Criminal Enforcement Unit
20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Suite 8000
Washington, DC 20530


Matters may also be referred directly to the local office of the United States Trustee. Click here for a complete listing of office addresses and telephone numbers.


THE UNITED STATES TRUSTEE PROGRAM WILL REVIEW ALL FRAUD REPORTS AND WILL TAKE APPROPRIATE ACTION INCLUDING FORWARDING APPROPRIATE SUBMISSIONS TO THE PROPER LAW ENFORCEMENT AUTHORITIES. IT IS U.S. DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE POLICY NOT TO DISCLOSE THE EXISTENCE OF CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS, SO YOU SHOULD NOT EXPECT TO BE FURTHER CONTACTED.

 


Bankruptcy Basics - For Cases Filed on or after October 17, 2005 (pdf)
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